In the article entitled, “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds” by Damian Carrington, Environment Editor of the Guardian, October 29, 2018, we read:
The annihilation of wildlife on the planet is now an emergency that threatens civilization.
“We are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff,” said Mike Barrett, Executive Director of Science and Conservation at the WWF.
Since 1970, 60% of the world’s vertebrate animals have been wiped out. Humans representing only 0.01% of all life on the planet have destroyed 83% of wild mammals. Freshwater habitats are the worst hit with populations having collapsed by 83%.
Chemical pollution is also significant: half the world’s killer whale populations are now doomed to die from PCB contamination of the oceans.
“Again there is this direct link between the food system and the depletion of wildlife,” said Barrett. "Eating less meat is an essential part of reversing losses," he said.
Vegan musician and animal rights torchbearer Moby posts the following on Instagram:
Further, he says:
When we say we care about the planet and want to save it we must think about what that really means. For those of us who are not inventors and scientists, there is one simple thing we can do right now, en masse, that even though it’s so incredibly simple, it can achieve profound change: eat less or no animal flesh or byproducts.
There are all kinds of delicious alternatives on the market today now more than ever before. Animal protein requirements are really more propaganda than truth. Moving more or completely to a plant-based diet will get us all the protein we need. We don’t really need as much protein as they say but that’s the topic of a whole other blog post.
The global movement, Meatless Monday, offers support for people wanting to go meatless but don’t have the know-how. Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 by Sid Lerner in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In May, 2009, Ghent, Belgium, became the first non-U.S. city to go meatless. Shortly thereafter, Paul McCartney introduced the U.K. to Meat-Free Mondays.
Meatless Monday is now active in over 40 countries and continues to grow. Representatives from different nations continue to find innovative ways to make meatless and vegetarian dishes part of their everyday culture, customs and cuisine.
Skipping meat even just one day a week is good for you, great for our nation’s health and better for the planet.
Organizations like Happy Cow, PETA and Forks Over Knives also provide all sorts of recipes, tips, and education. Visit their websites and subscribe to their newsletters to get all sorts of free support.
By eating less meat, not only will we save innocent animals and abate (and hopefully recover from) ongoing damage to our environment, we will become become far healthier, need less medication and trips to the doctor, suffer less disease and sickness, save on healthcare costs, and become a more peaceful, loving, compassionate planet overall.
Carrington, Damian. “Humanity Has Wiped out 60% of Animal Populations since 1970, Report Finds.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 30 Oct. 2018, www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds.
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